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Perfect Binding With a Fastback Model 15xs
The Model 15xs from Powis Parker is one of the most versatile binding machines available today. The 15 will perform strip binding, as well as bind hard cover books, note pads and perfect binding. Powis Parker has three perfect binding options or PerfectBack strips to choose from: Temperature Activated, Pressure Sensitive and Lay Flat.
The Temperature Activated or TA strips is by far the easiest strip to use. Simply bind the book with the TA strip, peel off the release liner when cool, insert the book into the creased and folded cover, reinsert the book in the 15 and press and hold the bind button. The machine will reactivate the adhesive binding the book block to the cover. Then the book need only be trimmed.
Powis Parker has two pressure sensitive options for documents or covers that are sensitive to excessive heat from the binding machine. To use the Pressure Sensitive or PS, simply bind the book block the same way, peel off the narrow strip of the release liner when cool and adhere to the creased and folded cover, then peel off the remaining-wide portion of the release liner and adhere the rest of the spine to the cover. For the best results when using pressure sensitive strips it is a good idea to use a cover that is slightly larger than needed. After the book block has been secured inside the cover you can then use a guillotine cutter to face trim the book to the appropriate size. However, if you use this approach it is important to remember to increase your margins appropriately to allow room for trimming.
The Lay Flat or LF strip is ideally suited for larger books and is more forgiving than the regular Pressure Sensitive strip. The binding process is exactly the same as the PS strip; however the Lay Flat strip only has adhesive on the front and back cover and none on the spine. This will help a thicker book to open and lay flat, similar to a hard back book.
In addition to the binding machine, you will need to use a good creasing machine. Powis Parker makes the SM1 scoring machine. The SM1 is easy to use and will put a double crease in the cover to help the book lay flat. If you have a good creaser or scoring machine already, you may not need the SM1 however the easy set up of the SM1 may make it a more advantageous choice than a traditional creaser or scorer. As with all perfect binding machines, you will also need to trim three sides of the book for the perfect finish. There are any number of options and price ranges to choose from depending on your volume.
Fastback is a great solution for short run perfect binding as the process is easy and inexpensive. However, since there are a few steps in the process and the lower cost of glue chips for a traditional perfect binding machine, higher demand users should invest in a standalone perfect binding machine.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)